2017 Program

This information is correct as at 27 December 2016, but changes can occur.

Sydney Meetings

February 19Was the Reformation providential?
[2017 is the 500th anniversary of the formal beginning of the Reformation.]
Emeritus Professor Garry Trompf. Department of Studies in Religion
University of Sydney
March 19The origins of a Christian tradition of misogynyDr Christopher Geraghty (Sydney). Author and retired NSW Judge.
April 23Arthur Calwell and Archbishop Justin Simonds: two parallel careers tragically unfulfilled.Dr Patrick Morgan, Historian and author (Victoria).
May 21
1:30 pm start for this meeting
1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Presentation: Questions of identity in 21st century Australia: growing up tribal, moving beyond and then re-considering.
Presentation Ms Geraldine Doogue. Journalist and ABC presenter
June 18The meaning of “reform”: the contest of Erasmus and Luther on free will.Dr Damian Grace. Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
July 16The field of bioethics: one insider’s take!Dr Bernadette Tobin. Director: Plunkett Centre Australian Catholic University and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
August 20Where is their sanctuary?Mgr John Usher. Former Director of Centacare and Archdiocesan Chancellor
September 17The story of the Church in a vanishing land.Sr Helen Simpson OLSH. ACHS Chaplain
October 15Gods of the State: Religion, politics and dissent.Dr Peter Slezak. School of Humanities & Languages, University of NSW
November 19“The Show”: Another Side of Santamaria’s MovementMr Mark Aarons. Author, former ABC investigative Reporter and NSW ministerial advisor with Mr John Grenville Former Federal Secretary of the Federated Clerks’ Union
December 2 (Saturday)12:00pm Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch Mass: 12:00pm. Lunch: 12:30pmMacKillop Centre North Sydney. Cost, booking details and speaker to be advised.

Location, time and contact: Sunday afternoons at 2.00pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Crypt of St Patrick’s at Church Hill [Grosvenor Street], The Rocks. Admission is free and does not require membership of ACHS, but a donation is welcome. Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS

Melbourne Meetings

March 6, 2:00pm: Matthew Beckman. Provisional title: The Turning Point That Did Not Turn: The Parisian Ban of 1277 on the ‘New Thinking’.

June 5, 2:00pm. Val Noone will address the significant influence of Dorothy Day (the founder of The Catholic Worker Movement in the United States) on Australian Catholicism, especially the impact of her three-week visit to Australia in August 1970.

September 4, 2:00pm. Speaker: Paul Rule. Topic: The Chinese Rites Controversy.

November 13, 2:00pm. Speaker: Donna Dening will be the presenter. Topic to be finalised.

Location: Seminar Room at Dorish Maru College, Yarra Theological Union, 100 Albion Road, Box Hill.

Contact for Melbourne meetings: Dr Larry Nemer.